Bournemouth v Liverpool

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Bournemouth returned to winning ways last time out but Saturday’s clash with Liverpool is likely to provide a serious test once again.

Bournemouth returned to winning ways last time out but Saturday’s clash with Liverpool is likely to provide a serious test once again.

The Cherries made an impressive start to 2018-19 but four successive defeats through November and December threatened to undo all their hard work.

Victory at home to Huddersfield on Tuesday has put them back on a positive path and provided a much-needed confidence boost ahead of Saturday’s game at the Vitality Stadium.

Midfielder Lewis Cook faces up to nine months on the sidelines after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament against the Terriers.

Dan Gosling is also set to miss out due to a knee issue and Eddie Howe has confirmed he has fitness concerns over several unnamed players.

Unbeaten Liverpool have made their best-ever start to a Premier League campaign and sit just two points shy of leaders Manchester City.

England international Joe Gomez has been ruled out for up to six weeks after sustaining a lower leg fracture in the midweek victory over Burnley.

Winger Sadio Mane will need to be assessed ahead of kick off after missing the Burnley clash due to a cut foot.

The Reds have scored seven goals in their last two meetings with Bournemouth, having kept clean sheets on both occasions.

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